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Homemade Baklava

  • Servings: 50 pieces
  • Difficulty: moderate
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    Ingredients Print Recipe

  • 1 lb. phyllo dough
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 lbs. walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar Soaking syrup (recipe below)

Directions

1. Mix together the walnuts and sugar. Divide into 3 and reserve.

2. Divide the phllyo into 4 stacks.

3. Layer the first stack of phyllo in a metal 9 x 13 pan by putting in one sheet, brushing it with butter, placing another sheet of phyllo, followed by more butter, etc.

4. Once the first stack of phyllo has been assembled in the pan with melted butter between each sheet, top with 1/3 of the walnut and sugar mixture.

5. Layer the next stack of phyllo on the walnut mixture, brushing melted butter between each phyllo sheet.

6. Sprinkle 1/3 of the walnut mixture on top of the second stack of phyllo leaves.

7. Continue with layering the third phyllo stack on top of the previous layer of walnut mixture, being sure to brush melted butter between each sheet.

8. Sprinkle the remaining walnut mixture on top of the third phyllo stack.

9. Finish by layering the remaining stack of phyllo and brushing the remaining butter between each sheet.

10. Using a sharp knife, cut 1 inch slices across the top of baklava and completely through to the bottom of the 9 x 13. Then make cuts about 1 1/2 inches wide at a 45 degree angle to the first set of cuts, being sure to cut all the way through to the bottom of the 9 x 13 pan.

11. Bake the baklava in a 375 F oven for 35-40 minutes or until the baklava is nicely browned.

12. Remove from oven and pour the hot soaking syrup over the top of it.

13. Let cool completely and let sit for several hours before eating.

Soaking Syrup

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 oz. honey
  • 1/2 large (or 1 small) lemon, thinly sliced
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange flower water
1. Combine all ingredients except the orange flower water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a very low simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and strain into another saucepan.

3. Right before pouring the syrup on the cooked baklava, heat just to a boil, remove from heat, and add orange flower water.
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